Alternative Pain Treatments

pain therapies

Pain Therapy for Chronic Pain

Conventional treatments include opioids and anti-inflammatories, steroid injections, and nerve blocks. These are aimed at managing pain. Opioid addiction is one of the leading causes of death. Steroid injections further weaken the joint it is injected to We offer safe therapies that aim to both manage pain and regenerate joints.

Cupping Therapy and Acupuncture Treatment

These therapies have been used for thousands of years and are long known to be effective at managing pain, improving nervous system function and balancing the immune system. It also improves digestion and stamina. Acupuncture treats the nerves that cause the muscles to spasm. Cupping releases stagnation which increases circulation in the soft tissue. Both therapies have been around for 5,000 years originating in China. The ancient practice of acupuncture started in China approximately 3000 years ago.8 The first documentation of acupuncture that described it as an organized system of diagnosis and treatment is in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates back to 100 BCE. By this time, the Qi (vital energy or life force) flow channels were well established, and the information likely stemmed from a compilation of traditions passed down over centuries.9 Studies conducted on both humans and animals suggest that acupuncture may strengthen the immune system during chemotherapy and can reduce the side effects of nausea and vomiting. . Other studies have examined the role of acupuncture in stimulating immune function, including increasing white blood cell count and improving lymphocyte and natural killer cell activity.NIH-funded research indicates acupuncture as effective in treating migraines, arthritis, and chronic pain. The study, which involved data on nearly 18 000 patients, revealed that acupuncture is more effective than standard care and sham treatments.

Chronic pain is debilitating to one’s quality of life.

Regenerative Injections

We offer Prolotherapy, Amnio, and stem cell injections. We evaluate each patient to see how advanced the arthritis is to determine which therapy will be most effective. These treatments serve to build and strengthen the integrity of the joint. This results in a dramatic and long-lasting decrease in pain.

Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy)

Prolotherapy is gaining more and more acceptance and is a sought out treatment for musculoskeletal pain. The therapy involves a series of injections designed to increase the inflammatory process that brings about healing.  Prolotherapy is indicated in joint pain due to laxity of ligaments and tendons. This is when the ligaments and tendons lack the strength and integrity to support the joint.  Prolo is not indicated in spinal stenoses or arthritis. However, patients with arthritis experience improvement because the joint is stronger due to the injections. Ligaments and tendons have a poor blood supply and therefore poor healing response. The inflammatory process is used by the body to transport proteins and enzymes to rebuild the tissue. Prolotherapy increases the blood flow to the area of injury and stimulates inflammation, thereby bringing about the healing process A double blind placebo controlled study published in Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine (March 6, 2000) reported significant reductions in knee pain, swelling and knee buckling frequency after 6 injections. More and more physicians including osteopathic, medical, and naturopathic physicians are getting trained in the valuable modality. Prolotherapy is a viable alternative to expensive MRI’s and surgeries. It is a safe treatment that has very few minor side effects and far less recovery time.

Stem Cell and Amnio Injections, Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction

Stem cell injections are a safe and effective alternative to having joint replacement or joint repair surgeries. There is a 7 year post injection study for knee osteoarthritis that showed the soft tissue to still be in tact after just one injection of umbilical cord stem cells. Stem cell injections can be used for small rotator cuff tears and scar tissue in the shoulder instead of the more invasive surgery that involves a lot of rehab and recovery time. In addition, osteorarthritis is a common long term outcome after having rotator cuff surgery.

Stem cell injections are used for degenerative disc disorders of the spine, hip arthritis or partial labrum tears. Stem cells offer high amounts of cytokines and growth factors that respond to injured tissue. It assists the body in its own healing and repair process, so it is noninvasive with no risk. The main benefit of stem cells and their cytokines and growth factors is the anti-inflammatory effects and the promotion of healing and repair of the joint. With many joint and spine conditions, especially arthritis, the prognosis is similar if not better to having surgery without the risk of complications such as life threatening blood clots and possible life long nerve pain.

To schedule a complimentary consultation for a Stem Cell or Amnio joint injection or IV, call 480-535-7868 or fill out our appointment request.

Dr. Hendricks! Hello there!

I wanted to reach out, first, and let you know that albeit a slow process at first, over the last almost 7 weeks, my herniated cervical neck disc pain has pretty much dropped to ‘none’. I have the occasional discomfort, but it’s fleeting rather than being chronic and unbearable. The other day, for the first time in months, I felt good enough to wash my car, one of my passions and had NO pain.

I’m extremely grateful that I found you, and that you offered a solution that feels like it actually worked.  Now I’m able to do yoga twice a week, for an hour a day, and also do some strength exercises in the shoulder/neck area as well.

Thanks again, so much. You’re help and knowledge truly changed my life.

Mark – Mesa, AZ

Stem Cell Infusions

Stem Cell Infusions are given for wide spread osteoarthritis and autoimmune conditions such as Lyme Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Autoimmune conditions are the result of an imbalanced immune system. It can be triggered by a microbe, chronic use of antibiotics, genetic factors and stress. Stem cells help the body in balancing the immune system to inhibit the over-active factors and increase the stabilizing factors. This results in less pain and inflammation,more stamina, and strength. There are no side effects for this treatment and its benefits can last many years, especially when combined with exercise and healthy eating. For more information about our stem cell treatments go to or you can schedule a complimentary consultation for a Stem Cell injection or IV, by calling 480-535-7868 or fill out our appointment request.

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Patients using anti-inflammatories and opioids will benefit from switching to herbal medication. Salves, tinctures, and edibles are safe and effective options of ingestion.

To schedule your initial appointment or a free 10 minute consultation, call 480-535-7868.